Simple pleasures of spring
17 things to do together this month that will bring you and your child closer together
1 Learn to greet in as many South African languages as you can. 2 Host a teddy bears’ tea party and invite all your child’s teddies. 3 Spring clean! Sort through toys and make boxes for giving away, throwing away or keeping for the grandchildren one day. Do the same with clothing. 4 Wash the windows together. One of you inside, one of you outside. 5 September is the ninth month of the year. Spend a day finding 9s everywhere. 6 Bake cookies in the shape of blossoms to celebrate the new season. 7 Go for haircuts. Shorter hair is easier to manage when the swimming season starts. 8 Wash the dog together. Wash the kennel too! 9 Make popcorn, but take the lid off when they start popping. Messy, of course, but great fun too. See if your child can catch a shooting kernel. 10 Blow bubbles in the garden and watch the sun reflect in the bubbles. 11 Print a colouring-in picture of the South African flag for your children and let them colour it. 12 We celebrate Heritage Day on 24 September. Use it as an excuse to braai. (As if excuses are ever needed!) 13 Wait for warmer weather and run through the sprinkler. 14 Buy a children’s book by a local author. 15 Take your children to an art gallery. Even little ones enjoy it if you keep the pace brisk. 16 Surprise your child by putting a vase with a few flowers in their room as a gesture of love. 17 Turn supper into a picnic in the garden or park.